Former Liverpool winger Harry Kewell has backed Mohamed Salah as a contender for the Ballon d’Or award for 2018.
The Egypt international has been in sensational scoring form for the club since his arrival from AS Roma last Summer and Crawley Town boss Kewell believes he could carry it on to claim the prize.
“People are saying about Player of the Year, but I’d even go that next step.” he is quoted by KingFut.
“If he was to have a fantastic World Cup, gets a couple of goals and plays well, and then continues again next season, why not go for the Ballon d’Or?
“He’s got the goals, I don’t see why he couldn’t win it.
“It’s a part of the game that players believe they can do, but when you get someone who can actually dribble, obviously the best is Messi, who can run at defenders and be able to chop and change on a dime, and Salah can do this, you just can’t stop it.
“That’s the key with Salah – he drives at people, he’s chopping, turning, dribbling and people just don’t know how to deal with him.” he finished.
Only Barcelona megastar Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo have won the prize over the past decade, so Salah will have his work cut out beating those two to it this year.